Republican nowadays is not so much the name of a political party as it is that of a peculiar strain of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Mitch McConnell may have presaged as much when he publicly announced soon after Obama's election that the main goal of the GOP was to prevent his reelection in 2012. What followed was the mother of all obstructionism every step of the way. Failing to accomplish that goal has only accelerated the descent of the party into a OCD black hole. Now every few weeks there seems to be a new manifestation of the disease. Why else have there been over 40 votes in the Republican-controlled House to defund Obamacare? Why else is Darrell Issa , Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducting one witch hunt after another? Even though he has just admitted there has been no gotcha in his Benghazi hearings. Moreover, the Tea Party caucus has only worsened the condition.
The Republicans have a Russian doll of symptoms. Inside their animus for Obama is their obstructionism. Inside their obstructionism is their trumped-up debt ceiling and budget crisis. Inside this so-called fiscal cliff is the all-out war to defund and destroy ObamaCare.
In a way it has all the earmarks of a French farce , and it would tickle our funny bones if only it didn't have such grave consequences. Like undermining good governance. Or any governance at all.